Your Weekend in Colac and district

Jazz returns to Colac district vineyard

THE sounds of retro jazz will drift across Otway Estate’s vineyards on Sunday for the venue’s monthly Sunday Jazz afternoon.

Geelong-based jazz group Kissing Harriet will play at Otway Estate’s Sunday Jazz this weekend from 1pm. Picture: Nic Doncon.

This weekend’s featured group is Kissing Harriet, a Geelong-based jazz group, which has been playing together for a year.

The trio features vocalist Harriet, guitarist Ben Calderazzo and double bassist Zac Barter.

“Our little tag line is retro jazz with sass, and that is pretty true – it’s kind of 1960s jazz,” Calderazzo said.

“The lead singer’s even in retro clothing.”

“We play a range of jazz tunes from cult ‘60s classics to Latin and modern jazz,” he said.

Calderazzo said the band had played at Otway Estate before and he was looking forward to performing at the “idyllic” venue again.

“I think it’s a great venue and it’s got a great vibe and the acoustics are exceptional,” he said.

“I suppose the world ‘idyllic’ comes to mind.”

Otway Estate head chef Daniel Duve said food would also feature at the Sunday Jazz session.

“We have the original menu and on top of that we’re celebrating duck month, we’re doing some special game bird dishes,” he said.

“There’s a seared duck breast with asparagus and orange salad and confit duck legs with field mushroom risotto.

“There’s also a Moroccan spice quail with fruity couscous.”

Youth concert will boost profile of skate park

by Tassia Georgakis

ORGANISERS of a Winchelsea youth concert hope the event will raise awareness of the town’s skate park.

The Winchelsea skate park improvement committee will host a Get Your Hop On music event at the Globe Theatre tomorrow night.

The event brings big-name music artists to the region, including DJ Malakai, The Underhanded and Altitude.

Committee president Ricci Sauni said the skate group organised the music night to raise awareness for the committee’s work on improving the skate park.

“The event will attract young people who could join our committee and it’s something fun to do in Winchelsea on a Saturday night,” Mr Sauni said.

“Winch SIC is organising this music night as a way to raise awareness of what the committee is doing to try and improve the Winchelsea skate park.”

The final Harry Potter movie has finally arrived

by Tassia Georgakis

COLAC and district movie fans have waited for years for the final Harry Potter film.

The final Harry Potter movie is screening at Colac Cinemas.

The eighth and final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2, premiered at midnight on Tuesday at Colac Cinemas.

Cinema manager Pauline Price said 246 people were at the midnight screening and most patrons said they wanted to return to see it again.

“We have sold over 100 tickets during the day and around 200 tickets during the night sessions,” Ms Price said.

“The movie has had a really good reaction from the public and there is plenty more tickets available.”

Barongarook’s Kirralee Evans said the movie was “completely amazing”.

“I saw part one at 9pm and part two at midnight on Tuesday,” Kirralee said.

“I went with my mum and some friends,” she said.

“I absolutely love Harry Potter.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 is Harry, Ron and Hermione’s final chapter on their mission to find and destroy the Dark Lord’s three remaining Horcruxes.

The latest encounter begins as the characters uncover the mystical Deathly Hollows and Voldemort finds out about their mission.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 is screening at Colac Cinemas this weekend.

Summer arrives early for A Hot Night in July

SUMMER will come early for the Colac Football Netball Club this month when the club hosts A Hot Night in July.

The cocktail party fundraiser will offer plenty of cocktails, nibbles, and a lolly bar and patrons will have a chance to win a 50-inch plasma television.

Colac’s Gore Boys – featuring guitarist Jarrod Gore, his brother drummer and lead vocalist Brad Gore and bass guitarist Nick Stoddart – will perform at the club’s social rooms as part of the celebrations.

Jarrod Gore said party patrons could expect to hear music “from the ‘70s through to today”.

“We pretty much just play a big set just of anything – it’s a big broad range of music,” he said.

“Everybody loves to have the old Sweet Home Alabama and those old classic songs.”

Organiser optimistic about market’s future

THE co-ordinator of an Apollo Bay Farmers Market is optimistic about the market’s future.

Stallholders sell a wide variety of home-made and home-grown produce at Apollo Bay's monthly market.

The monthly Sunday market started in March and is already attracting up to 14 stallholders of fresh produce and homemade goods from its location at the Apollo Bay Youth Club.

The market features vegetables and fruit, meat, preserves and chutneys, wool, and soaps handmade from goats’ milk.

Co-ordinator Kirsten Bone said she hoped to attract more stallholders to the market before spring.

“It can be just local producers – anyone from around the area that’s growing produce that we may not be aware of or anyone that’s got excess produce from their garden,” she said.

Ms Bone said the market had grown in popularity since it started and was beginning to attract regular customers.

She said organisers could expand to towns around the region, which she said would benefit the region’s producers and encourage tourism in the region.

“What we would like to do is to expand to an Otway Farmers Market.”

She said organisers could have the market every week at towns around Colac district, such as Gellibrand and Forrest.

“So it would be on every week but it’s in a town once a month,” she said.

This Sunday’s market will feature a cooking demonstration using a combination of stalls’ produce.

“This actual market we’re got one of our stallholders preparing tradition Italian meatballs using one of our other stallholders’ Otway prime meat,” she said.


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